Biking

The Biggest TdF Scandals: 1910—The Assassins

Today, a Tour de France without brutal climbs snaking over snow-capped peaks would be unthinkable. However, in 1910, when Tour organizers announced the race route would include the Pyrenees,...

The Biggest TdF Scandals: 1986—Hinault vs. LeMond

After three weeks of torture, only one man stands on the top step of the podium in Paris as the overall winner of the Tour de France. But no one gets there without the help of teammates. In 1986...

The Biggest TdF Scandals: 1998—The Festina Affair

While doping had been an omnipresent seamy underside of the Tour since its first days, the tawdry ugliness of banned performance enhancing drugs exploded into the spotlight on a grand scale in...

The Biggest TdF Scandals: 2006—Le Tour de Dope

Seventeen years on from the Festina Affair, if anyone had hoped cycling had made progress regarding its problems with banned substances they were in for a rude awakening. The 2006 Tour de France...

The Biggest TdF Scandals: 2010—Chaingate

On stage 15 of the 2010 Tour, Luxembourger Andy Schleck was riding in the yellow jersey when he attacked a group of his rivals near the summit of the Port de Balès, a high mountain pass...

The Biggest TdF Scandals: 1966—The First Drug Tests

Widespread use of performance enhancing drugs was common since the first days of the Tour de France. In an effort to control drug use in sport, France passed a national anti-doping law in 1965...

The Biggest TdF Scandals: 1904—The Last Tour

"The Tour de France is finished and I'm afraid its second edition has been the last.” So wrote race founder Henri Desgrange following the conclusion of the scandal-plagued 1904 Tour....

Stage 15: Givours to Mt. Ventoux

Everything about this day promises an epic. It’s the Tour’s longest stage, so riders will have to mete out their energy wisely to be ready for the day’s finishing climb up the...

Stage 21: Versailles to Paris

Knowing that the final stage can become a bit tedious—with the GC already decided and the last four sprints here claimed easily by Mark Cavendish—the Tour director decided to take a...

2013 Tour de France Preview

In crafting the 2013 Tour de France route, tour director Christian Prudhomme appears to have created something volatile and compelling. In 2012, the parcours’ ample time trials, few...

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